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Fort Plain Band Director and Music Teacher Pete DiBiase leads the Harry Hoag Elementary School Band through four holiday songs Monday.

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Meagan Behan and Olivia Kennedy perform on clarinets during Monday's holiday concert.

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On trumpets, front, are Michaela Stockwell and Olive Niccoli. In back, on percussion, are Ethan Reese and Dakota Dingman.

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Chorus Director Julieanne Sincavage welcomes the crowd before Monday's Fifth Grade Chorus performance.


FPCSD fifth and sixth graders perform holiday concert

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - Updated: 9:32 AM


C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- On Monday evening, Fort Plain Central School District's fifth and sixth graders showed off their musical skills during their first concert of the school year, the Harry Hoag Elementary Holiday Concert, held in the Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School auditorium.

Fort Plain Band Director and Music Teacher Pete DiBiase explained that the band, who played a four song set including "Warming Up with Jingle Bells", "Jolly Old St. Nicholas", Gingerbread Men on Parade", and "Up On The House Top", has only had seven opportunities to practice the material leading up to Monday's event.

As practice time has been scarce, DiBiase said some students even gave up "a gym class here and there to get together to perform."

"I can't say enough good things about these sixth graders and the two fifth graders here who have joined us," said DiBiase of the band.

He explained that about ten new members have joined the band since September, and there will be more joining in the spring, including many of the kids that would perform later in the evening as part of the Fifth Grade Chorus.

"There's a great number of fifth and sixth grade students that are passionate about music and enjoy it," said DiBiase, stating that himself and Chorus Director Julieanne Sincavage look forward to having the students involved with music for years, seeing them grow as musicians.

After a brief intermission, Sincavage stepped out to welcome the crowd, then leading the Fifth Grade Chorus through a five-song-set that included "Sounds of Christmas", "Candles of Hanukkah", "Peace on this Silent Night" (during which the audience sang the traditional lyrics to Silent Night, while the students' sang different lyrics, creating a layered, all inclusive performance), "The Nutty Cracker Suite" (comprised of numerous, distinct pieces forming a humorous tale), and "Frosty Hand Jive", which saw the performers making hand motions in tune to the song.

The Jr./Sr. High Band and choirs will perform a holiday concert on Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Jr./Sr. High Auditorium, at 7 p.m. The concert was postponed from Sunday, Dec. 15 because of inclement weather.

Joshua Thomas - The Fifth Grade Chorus performs "Candles of Hanukkah".

Joshua Thomas - Chorus Director Julieanne Sincavage leads the Fifth Grade Chorus through Monday's performance.

Joshua Thomas - Members of the Fifth Grade Chorus perform Monday.

Joshua Thomas - Members of the Fifth Grade Chorus perform Monday.


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